November 26, 2018

Her name is Red Elizabeth.

If you follow me on ig, then you know about 6 weeks ago, we welcomed another sweet little girl into our lives via adoption. We are definitely in that newborn haze and still trying to figure out how to balance 5 kids (not easy!), four of whom I am currently responsible for their schooling. It’s been pretty silent in this space and I had thought I would share more seeing how November is National Adoption Month, but we’re too busy adjusting and enjoying this sweet little babe of ours. Plus, I’m still trying to figure out what and how to share. There are so many hearts involved; adoption is joy and loss existing simultaneously together. It is Red’s story to share, so I don’t want to overstep because this belongs to her. But just like I have shared the birth stories of our other girls, how she entered our lives is something we take joy in too. I will share what I can in time, which probably won’t be much, but for now, let’s start with her name…

Red symbolizes blood, life, and family. It’s sort of a different take on the name Scarlett. We are so thankful that her birth mom chose life for her. While she didn’t grow in my belly, from the day we found out this possibility, God started growing her in our heart. All 6 of our hearts. She is part of us. We went from 6 to 7. Also, our prayer for Red is Ephesians 1:7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” We pray that she would ultimately find her identity in the REDemption of the blood of Jesus and what He did for her on the cross.

Elizabeth is birth mom’s middle name, so we gave her the middle name Elizabeth to honor Red’s first mama. Her name is something that we discussed with her first mama prior to her arrival, and it was the name she was given at birth. Our adoption is open adoption, and we will always celebrate her unique story, so it is special that her name is a reflection of that.

My mother-in-law put all the girls’ names together in a way that’s easy for people to remember. She tells people, “A true, brave soul glows red.”

23 comments on “HER NAME IS RED”

  • kim says:

    congratulations! she is beautiful. i’ve been following your blog for a long time and enjoy seeing your family grow and evolve. she will know love, for sure!

  • Gloria says:

    Blessings to you all. Been a long-time follower and am excited for this new chapter in your lives!

    • Rubyellen says:

      It’s so amazing. Not a chapter I ever imagined, but just to literally feel your heart open up more and to love another little person, it’s such a gift of grace. We love her so much!

  • coral says:

    Oh congratulations, how perfect!

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  • Anna says:

    Congratulations! Adoption has always been in my heart, good for you for following yours! She is an angel. So excited to see a baby on your blog again! What a beautiful story!

  • karen says:

    About the names the final phrase is beautiful! everything makes so much sense!

    congratulations, I imagine that it is not an easy process, open adoption does not seem so simple, but I know you will make it incredible! with the help of God always.

  • pam says:

    amazing! seriously blessed to have you as parents and that she has come into your lives.

  • Jenny says:

    Oh wow Ruby! Congratulations! I’m a long time follower and I knew that something was happening behind the scenes – I’ve been worrying about you guys! I’m glad to hear that all is well and you’ve added to your lovely family.

  • La says:

    And a Ruby is Red!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ellie says:

    This is my first time visit at here and i am really pleassant
    to read all at alone place.

  • Karla says:

    I have been following along with this blog since I was a junior in High School, so about 7 years ago. I remember talking about your daughters’ names in class, and my english teacher overheard me and hurried across the room to tell me she followed you too!
    So for a while now, as I have been following along I have loved getting to see your beautiful family grow. I also follow your sisters Reinna’s instagram is amazing! I am trying to figure out how she gets her photos to look like such far away shots! And Richelle is such a blessing to her students!
    May God continue to bless your family!!
    Love all the way from Florida!

    • Rubyellen says:

      AWWW… thank you so much! And my sister really takes the picture from realllllyyyy far away! And Richelle definitely has such a passion for her job. Thank you for supporting all of us.

  • Becky says:

    So beautiful Ruby, and what precious hearts you all have. What a sweet blessing she is to your family, and what a sweeter blessing your family is to her❤️ I love her name and verse, and how thoughtfully you have given both to her. Thank you for sharing these snippets of love, family, and His goodness.

  • Karla says:

    “A true, brave soul glows red.” Ohmigoodness that gave me shivers. Thanks for sharing – beautiful.

  • marine ferrachat says:

    Oh Gosh!! I hadn’t come around here for a while and I am absolutely delighted for you. You are such an incredible family, taking life with adventure and joy and kindness! I am again surprised by you! Wish you wonderful adventures!

  • a guest says:

    I have a feeling she was birthed by your SIL, if this is so you must love your husband soo much how amazing you are to help out and share your love.

  • Lindsay Eryn says:

    I’m super late to this, but holy cow, congratulations to you and the family!! What a beautiful name!

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